How I Used Pot To Help Me Endure My Anxiety
I’m 19 years old and have been dealing with severe anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia for about 5 years now. These three conditions often feed on themselves making life very tough. For the longest time I had to be home-schooled because I was unable to leave my home due to my high levels of anxiety. I have been on any and all medications that you can think of to help these disorders from klonopin to xanax. Not only were none of these medications any help to me, they had horrible side effects! I suffered from very severe constipation and felt like I was walking around in a daze.
When I turned 18, a little over 16 months ago, I was able to try something new. A doctor I was seeing suggested that I try medical marijuana to help with my anxiety. I was a bit skeptical at first. I had heard of using pot to help people with cancer and even cataracts, but not for stress related problems. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much but at that point I was really desperate. I was about to go away to college and didn’t know if there was any way that I would be able to make it.
After only one week of smoking weed I felt 100 times better. I was more relaxed, I slept better and I hadn’t had a panic attack for days. While I still felt fairly high levels of anxiety on a daily basis, it was tolerable. Over time, my condition seemed to get better. I usually only smoke pot a few times a week, either when I’m having a lot of trouble sleeping or if I’m dealing with very high levels of stress. I’m no longer on any other type of medication and my body finally feels centered again. The enduring effects of marijuana have helped me complete my first year at university. My parents are proud of me, my grades are amazing and I have no side effects what so ever.
This is one of the reasons why I get so upset when people put such a negative spin on pot smoking. I have learned from personal experience that not only is it harmless but it can actually help a lot of people with very serious health problems. I would never have been able to endure my anxiety issues without the help of my weed and I hope that others who might benefit from smoking will be allowed to do so.